Lisa Hamor, Director
Teacher Lisa is a Los Angeles native with 3 grown children and has been involved in the creative community of Westchester, first with Vergari Dance Center when it opened in 1981 and currently as a founding member of Los Angeles Arts Collective. She attended U.C. Santa Barbara and UCLA studying art and business, worked in antiques and design and sold real estate in the area before starting her family and assuming the reins of the VDC. She has been teaching our youngest dancers for 20 years, starting them off on their dancing journey with a loving hand and she is also the producer of our annual, fabulous Spring Showcase-it is more than a recital! Lisa is proud to be a part of the Westchester community and is active with many local professional organizations and her community's public schools.
Linda Gunther - Instructor
(Ballet, Contemporary, Jazz, Salsa, Children's Classes)
LLinda began her early training at the age of four with her step father in artistic gymnastics and continued in the sport until she became Provincial Champion at the age of 10. Linda then made the switch to Rhythmic gymnastics after seeing a local competition and falling in love with the sports beauty and grace. She began training with olympic champion, Lori Fung and Tricia Gilmore and quickly became provincial champion that same year in the novice category. Linda continued to train daily before school and later enrolled in a performing arts school that allowed her to train for half of the day and attend academic courses in the afternoon. Linda soon won a spot on the junior national team and had the opportunity to train at the olympic training center in Colorado Springs. By the age of 15 she had achieved the title of Western Canadian Champion and was a bronze medalist at the Canadian Winter Games. It was during her time as a rhythmic gymnast that Linda was introduced to ballet, which was used as a tool to improve her skills in rhythmic gymnastics. She started ballet at a local studio and found a new love for the art. She completed Royal Academy of Dance exams with honor standings and was accepted to the National Ballet School of Canada in Toronto, Ontario for their summer program. Soon a whole new world of different styles of dance opened up for her, jazz, hip hop, contemporary and salsa, all of which she studied in Vancouver, Los Angeles and New York. She began teaching at the age of 17 and working as a dancer in the film and television industry. Linda has had the opportunity to work with stars such as Halle Berry, Sarah Jessica Parker, Benjamin Bratt, and Sharon Stone to name a few and perform in such films as Catwoman, Dudley Do Right, Saving Silverman and Man About Town. Linda's dance career has also taken her to Japan where she toured with Japan's famous singer "Anri" on her Ever Blue Tour, to the Caribbean, where she was part of the cast on the "Millennium" ship for Celebrity Cruise Lines and to the NBA as a member of the extreme dance team for the "Vancouver Grizzlies".
Christine Negherbon - Instructor
(Musical Theater, Tap )
Christine Negherbon is a multi-talented performer, teacher and director. She is a Teaching Artist with Disney Musicals in Schools as well as currently performing with Swing Dames. Christine’s performing credit include: National Tours of My Fair Lady, produced by Cameron Mackintosh (Eliza u/s), Best Little Whorehouse in Texas (starring Ann-Margret), Chicago, Crazy for you (Polly), 42nd Street (Peggy- European Tour) and The Radio City Christmas Spectacular. Regionally, Christine has played Laurey/Dream Laurey in OKLAHOMA! (Penn. Shakespeare Festival), Jennyanydots in Cats (Sacramento Music Circus, The MUNY - Kevin Kline Nomination for Outstanding Ensemble), Millie in Thoroughly Modern Millie, Maria in The Sound of Music, Nanette in No, No Nanette and Kathy Selden (Singin’ in the Rain). Directing/Choreography credits include: Hairspray (MacHaydn Theatre), Crazy for You, Cabaret and West Side Story (DeSales University). TV credits: Haunting Evidence (Court TV), Hart of Dixie. Christine and her husband, Joe Abraham are the co-authors of The Thriving Artists. This book was written to inspire and educate artists in all things, but especially their finances. They have taught all over the country and their book is required reading/curriculum for numerous colleges/universities. They have 2 boys, Cole and Ty. www.TheThrivingArtists.com
Biliana Iontchev - Instructor
Biliana Iontchev began her yogic journey 11 years ago, while obtaining a BA in Dance from Columbia College Chicago. She's been passionately applying the yoga principles in her instruction of dance, rhythmic gymnastics, fitness & nutrition classes throughout the United States. Preparing and running the full Maui Marathon inspired her to deepen her practice with the Wisdom Flow Yoga school, nestled mid-mountain of the inactive Haleakala volcano. Now she is a Yoga Alliance registered Teacher, who enjoys sharing this wisdom, this peace, this love with our Los Angeles community. Namaste!
Also on staff at LAAC-Borka Mosich (Bellydance); DaiJanai Lopez (Hip Hop) Farrah Harder (Polynesian); Ricki Quinn (Jazz)